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CARICOM works in 20 countries – fifteen Member States and Five Associate Members – to provide products and services to positively impact the lives of its more than 16 million people.
Our vision of “a Caribbean Community that is integrated , inclusive and resilient; driven by knowledge, excellence, innovation and productivity; a Community where every citizen is secure and has the opportunity to realise his or her potential with guaranteed human rights and social justice; and contributes to, and shares in, its economic and cultural prosperity; a Community which is a unified and competitive force in the global arena”, rests on the four pillars of economic integration; functional cooperation; foreign policy coordination; and security.
Guided by our Core Values, we work to achieve this vision and our objectives through our governments and a decision making structure of: Organs, Bodies and Institutions. Our work is further facilitated and expanded through partnerships with Civil Society, international development partners (IDPs) and international financial institutions (IFIs) and Third States.
The Principal Organs of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are: The Conference of Heads of Government (commonly called “The Conference”) and The Community Council of Ministers, (commonly called “The Council”).
The Conference of Heads of Government which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States is the supreme Organ of the Caribbean Community and determines and provides its policy direction. In addition to this function, it is the final authority for the conclusion of Treaties on behalf of the Community and for entering into relationships between the Community and International Organisations and States. The Conference is also responsible for making the financial arrangements to meet the expenses of the Community, but has delegated this function to the Community Council. Decisions of the Conference are generally taken unanimously.
The Bureau, established by the Conference of Heads of Government, is an aspect of the supreme decision-making organ of the Community (the Conference). It comprises the chairperson of the Conference, the outgoing and incoming chairpersons of the Conference and the Secretary-General, acting in the capacity of chief executive officer.
This body’s principal responsibilities are:
· Initiating proposals for development and approval by ministerial councils;
· Updating the consensus of Member States on issues determined by the Conference. This means undertaking the necessary preparatory consultations among Member States and other stakeholders to assist Heads of Government in arriving at decisions;
· Facilitating implementation of Community decisions both at the regional and local levels in an expeditious and informed manner; and
· Providing guidance to the Secretariat on policy issues.
The Community Council of Ministers, one of two Principal Organs of the Community, is responsible for the development of strategic planning and coordination in the areas of economic integration, functional cooperation and external relations in accordance with the policy directions established by the Conference. The Community Council, among its other four functions, also serves as a preparatory body for the Meetings of the Conference and approves the budget of the CARICOM Secretariat.
Article 13 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (Link to Treaty) identifies the specific responsibilities of the Community Council, which consists of Ministers responsible for Community Affairs and any other Minister designated by the Member State in their absolute discretion, as:
The Community Council, like the Conference of Heads of
Government, is assisted by four `organs’, three `bodies’, and by the CARICOM Secretariat - `the Principal Administrative Organ”.
The organs are:
The bodies are:
The principal administrative organ:
The Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) is responsible for the coordination of the multi-dimensional nature of security, to ensure a safe and stable Community.
Article 17a of the Revised Treaty states that the Council, which comprises Ministers designated by the Members of the Community, shall:
3. Establish measures to increase cooperation in mutual legal assistance in criminal matters among Members of the Community;
4. Promote, in conjunction with Ministers responsible for Legal Affairs or Attorneys-General of Members of the Community or both, national justice systems;
5. Give policy and overall directions concerning the activities and programmes of the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)
6. Promote functional cooperation with the Organs of the Community referred to in Article 10 paragraph 2, in the pursuit of the Community’s goal for the prevention and elimination of crime and violence and the promotion of a safe and secure environment within the Members of the Community;
7. Establish strategic partnerships with third States and regional and international agencies in the furtherance of regional security and the Community as a zone of peace with stable democracies; and
8. Undertake any additional functions assigned to it by the Conference arising under this Treaty.
9. The CONSLE was incorporated into the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas by way of a Protocol which was opened for signature in March 2009.
The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) promotes trade and economic development of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and oversees the operations of the Single Market and Economy.
Specifically, Article 15 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (Link to Treaty), states the Council which consists of Ministers designated by the Member States, will:
Each Member State shall be entitled to designate alternates to represent it on the COTED.
The Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP) is responsible for economic policy coordination, financial and monetary integration of Member States.
Specifically, Article 14 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (Link to Treaty), states the Council which consists of Ministers designated by the Member states, will:
The Council for Finance and Planning shall consist of Ministers designated by the Member States. Each Member State shall be entitled to designate alternates to represent it on COFAP.
Subject to the relevant provisions of Article 12 (Functions and Powers of the Conference) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas establishing the Caribbean Community including , COFAP shall have primary responsibility for economic policy co-ordination and financial and monetary integration of Member States and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, shall:
The Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) promotes human and social development.
Specifically, Article 17 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (Link to Treaty), states the Council which consists of Ministers designated by the Member States, will:
Each Member State shall be entitled to designate alternates to represent it on the COHSOD.
The Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) determines relations between the Community and international organizations and third states and promotes the development of friendly and mutually beneficial relations among member states.
Specifically, Article 16 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (Link to Treaty), states the Council shall consist of Ministers responsible for the foreign affairs of Member States, who will:
Only Member State possessing the necessary competence with respect to the matters under consideration from time to time may take part in the deliberations of COFCOR.
Legal Affairs Committee (LAC) (comprising Attorneys- General and Ministers of Legal Affairs) advises the Organs and Bodies. This Committee replaced the Standing Committee responsible for legal affairs.
Budget Committee examines the draft work programme and budget of the Secretariat and makes recommendations to the Community Council.
Committee of Central Bank Governors provides recommendations to the COFAP on monetary and financial matters
The CARICOM Secretariat (CCS) is the Principal Administrative Organ of the Caribbean Community and has a mandate to provide a wide range of services to promote regional integration in the Community. These services include research and development; co-ordination of the activities of donor agencies, international regional and national institutes; project development and management; dissemination of information; foreign and community relations; technical cooperation and servicing of meetings of the various Organs of the Community.
The Mission Statement of the Secretariat is: To contribute, in support of Member States, to the improvement of the quality of life of the People of the Community and the development of an innovative and productive society in partnership with institutions and groups working towards attaining a people-centred, sustainable and internationally competitive Community.
The Secretariat is divided into a number of Offices and Directorates:
Article 25 “Functions of the Secretariat”-Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas
A quasi-cabinet of individual Heads of Government has been constituted to spearhead action in sectors critical to the Region's integration and as a vision of development into the Twenty-First Century.
Date Established: 1975
Established in 1975, CARDI’s aim is to contribute to agricultural development by conducting research and by exposing farmers and other persons involved in agriculture to appropriate technologies.
Date Established: 2010
The Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) contributes to enhanced agricultural health and food safety in the Caribbean Community.
Its primary objectives include regional...
Goals of CANTA
To promote the development of a competitive regional workforce
To facilitate free movement of certified skilled workers within the CSME
Ensure uniform provision of...
Date Established: 2008
CASSOS was formally launched in February 2009 at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Guyana. CASSOS succeeds RASOS, with functions that been redefined and are broader in scope to include...
CCRIF is a risk pooling facility, owned, operated and registered in the Caribbean for Caribbean governments. It is designed to limit the financial impact of catastrophic hurricanes and earthquakes...
Date Established: 2015
The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) is an institution of CARICOM with a mandate to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency investments, markets and...
Date Established: 1979
The Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) transforms and modernizes public sectors of Member States to better formulate and implement public policy towards the achievement of...
Date Established: 2002
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) coordinates the Caribbean region’s response to climate change, working on effective solutions and projects to combat its environmental impacts...
Date Established: 2005
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) critically determines how the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) functions. The Court attracts investment to the region by providing stability through the...
Date Established: 1970
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26,...
Date Established: 1991
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management that falls directly under the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CDEMA's main...
Date Established: 1972
The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is an institution that provides regional and internationally recognised secondary school leaving examinations relevant to the needs of the region; assist in...
Date Established: 1996
To optimise the Caribbean Region’s export potential through facilitating innovation and the creation of world class brands capable of successfully competing globally.
The Caribbean ICT Roadshow has been developed to raise awareness within the public sector, the private sector, civil society and academia, of the innovative approaches possible and necessary for the...
Date Established: 1967
The Caribbean Meteorological Institute was established in 1967 by the member states of the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO). It was amalgamated with the Caribbean Operational Hydrological...
Date Established: 1988
The Caribbean Law Institute (CLI) was established in 1988 under a grant from the United States Agency for International Development to promote such activities that would further clarify the laws...
Date Established: 1973
The Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO) is an institution of the Caribbean Community that coordinates regional scientific and technical activities in weather, climate and water. In this...
Date Established: 2013
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is the new single regional public health agency for the Caribbean. The Agency rationalises public health arrangements in the Region by combining the...
Date Established: 2003
Date Established: 2008
The Caribbean Regional Information and Translation Institute (CRITI) was founded in January 2008 by the CARIFORUM Council of Ministers with support from the European Commission and headquartered in...
Date Established: 2001
The Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC) is one of eight IMF Regional Technical Assistance Centers (RTACs) located around the world in the Pacific, the Caribbean, in Africa, the...
Date Established: 1989
The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is a Caribbean intergovernmental organization dedicated to facilitate the development of the regional telecommunications sector. The CTU assists the...
Date Established: 1989
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries...
Date Established: 2008
At its tenth meeting in Grenada in 1989, the Heads of Government of CARICOM agreed that whilst CARICOM would remain a ‘Community of Sovereign States,’ a number of changes were essential for improving...
Date Established: 2009
CARICOM Development Fund (CDF)
The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) is an institution of the Caribbean Community which mandate is to provide financial or technical assistance to disadvantaged...
Date Established: 2006
The Agency is the nerve centre of the Region’s new multilateral Crime and Security management architecture, specifically designed to administer a collective response to the Crime and Security...
Date Established: 2002
The CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) is the regional centre for promoting efficiency and competitive production in goods and services, through the process of...
Date Established: 1971
The Council of Legal Education was created by an Agreement signed in 1971 by Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, the University of the West Indies and the University of...
Representatives of members meet at the biennial FAO Conference to review global governance policy issues and international frameworks, as well as to evaluate work carried out and to...
Date Established: 1969
The Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IICA) was founded in 1942, thanks to the vision of people like Henry Wallace, then the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and Ernesto Molestina,...
To ensure the stability and well-being of Member States through mutual cooperation, in order to maximise regional security in preserving the social and economic development of our people.
Who we are
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union...
The Commmunity of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) is an intergovernmental mechanism for dialogue and political agreement, which includes permanently thirty-three countries in Latin...
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In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in...
Date Established: 1962
UWI was established in 1962 with Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone as the first Chancellor and Sir Arthur Lewis the first Vice Chancellor.
UWI comprises three main campuses...
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